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Denis Maria
Denis, 47, is a seamstress and has a workshop in the city of Barranquilla, where she lives with her husband and three children, ages 13 to 18. She has ten years' experience in her profession and works out of a small shop where she makes all kinds feminine-casual wear. To get where she is today, she had to take classes at the academy where she learned about different techniques and how to lend quality to her work. She perfects this on a daily basis through her job. She sells on credit and in cash to the clientele she has built over seveal years. She has a fixed customer base for her products, from the design through the finish, applying these processes as her own strategy aimed at personal marketing.

She buys fabric at specialized fabric and corsetry shops and her most popular line is her feminine-casual wear. Her goal is to expand her workshop by adding new machines and hiring workers, as well as going into new markets. She is requesting a CrediKiva loan, her first through the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, to buy an industrial sewing machine as well as raw materials and supplies. This is so she can increase production and improve the quality of her apparel, while speeding up production time. This is precisely the reason the loan will be a success. She aims to increase sales and little by little reach her goal of being able to educate her children at good schools that will prepare them for a successful future.
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Denis de 47 años, tiene un taller de modistería en la ciudad de Barranquilla, donde habita con su esposo y sus 3 hijos en las edades de 13 a 18 años. Ella en sus diez años de experiencia en el oficio, ha ejercido su emprendimiento en un pequeño taller, donde confecciona todo tipo de costuras, en las líneas femenina y casual; para llegar a este punto debió realizar cursos técnicos en academias que le enseñaron las diversas técnicas y la calidad en sus procesos, lo cual lo perfeccionó con su día a día laboral autónomo. Sus ventas las realiza de contado y a crédito entre la clientela que ha estructurado durante muchos años y que hoy son compradores fijos de sus productos, desde el diseño hasta el acabado, pues aplica uno a uno como su estrategia de mercado personal. Sus compras las realiza en almacenes especializados de telas en al ciudad y en corseterías. Su línea de mayor mercado es la femenina-casual y su meta es ampliar la infraestructura de su taller, agregando nuevas maquinarias y contratando operadoras, así como incursionando en nuevos mercados. En la actualidad está aplicando a un credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, mediante el cual comprará una máquina industrial además de materias primas e insumos, con lo cual aumentará su producción y mejorará la calidad de las prendas y los tiempos productivos. Esta es justamente la razón de éxito de la inversión de su credikiva, con el cual planea el incremento de sus ventas y poco a poco alcanzar su sueño de tener la oportunidad de educara a sus hijos en instituciones de calidad que potencialicen su éxito futuro.

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About Fundación Mario Santo Domingo

Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD) is a non-profit organization in northern Colombia dedicated to developing programs for the country’s poorest communities. In addition to numerous social services, FMSD runs a microfinance program to strengthen micro-businesses in the areas where it works. The organization also offers several non-financial components as part of this program, including training to help entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

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  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 299
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,783,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,811.2
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $600 helped Denis Maria to buy an industrial sewing machine and supplies.
99% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 19, 2013
Listed
Mar 21, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
May 17, 2014